Q: For changing over to snow tires for my car, will I need to change all 4 tires? Or can I only change 2 tires instead of all 4 and is is safe to only change 2?
A: On an All Wheel Drive vehicle you will have to change all 4. Front Wheel Drive better to change all 4, for better drivability and control. The majority of vehicles installing 4 tires are the best. Vehicles with "ABS" all 4 wheels is a must, all tires must be the same diameter of a code will set and the "ABS" system will not function. During bad conditions "ABS" has saved a lot of vehicles from suspension damage by intermittently locking and releasing the wheel. Check you manufactures owner's manual for you particular vehicle and recommendations.
Q: I'm driving a '95 Honda Accord, recently I found that the engine runs on a few seconds after it is shut of, what is causing this problem?
A: The term for the problem that you have been experiencing is "run on or dieseling". The term is derived form diesel motors which are compression fired NOT requiring any ignition source to ignite the fuel mixture using the heat from compression to fire. Fuel, air, and heat are needed for this. Air is present as the motor rotates, yours being fuel injected when ignition switch's the motor off, the injectors stop the flow of fuel, ignition may be carbon deposits that glow from usage. Your problem is most likely cause by a leaking injector, without the fuel the motor will not have the needed factors to "diesel". A recommend service for this problem is "motorvac" to clean the injectors and remove the carbon deposits from the motor internals. To put a myth away a long drive on the highway "will NOT cure this problem"
Q: I'm driving a 2000 Hyundai Accent with 80,000kms. When I step in the brakes, the car pulls to one side. I had the brake pads replaced a year ago.
A: You have an imbalance in your braking system; the brake calipers are sticking or frozen from rust or contamination. When the pads were replaced a "brake flush" should have been performed. Check your brake fluid for colour, it should be clear or an amber colour. On a 6 year old, if the fluid has not been replaced a high possibility is that there is contamination. A brake caliper will rust internally and sediment will collect at the low point of the caliper. Causing sticking and accelerated brake wear , the caliper that has failed is opposite the direction of the pull. So if the car pulls right the left caliper has failed. Always replace calipers in pairs to avoid the same problem. A flush and replacement to low moisture absorbs ion DOT4 brake fluid will reduce this problem.
Q: I have a problem with the heater. My heater blows air that isn't warm even though the engine is hot. Is it because of the cold weather outside?
A: Automotive heaters have a very high output; motors running at 95c: the heater output will be equal. Customers are shocked at temperatures when measured. First check the coolant level in the radiator when cold. If low, top off the coolant and start the motor and let it run with the heater on. In a few minutes finish topping off and reseal the radiator. Now check for heat, monitor the temperature gauge, until warmed up. Check with a cooking thermometer in the defroster duct, when fully warmed it should be 85c. Then take it to you technician and find the cause of low coolant.
Q: A 2001 model has failed air care. The check engine light is on, 5 codes, and 3 monitors not ready. After repairing, no light is showing, no dtc codes and 4 monitors are not ready.
A: Good question: with new test procedures depending on the model year it will allow up to 2 monitors "not ready state". The 5 codes are the problem. Once confirmed and repaired the monitors must be reset. There are two types of monitors, continuous and non-continuous. Continuous will self reset. Non-continuous requires a specific drive with acceleration rates of 50% and 75% throttle within a specific time, speed and deceleration to a specific speed with no brake application. In some cases depending on the manufacturer it will take up to 2 hours to put all monitors to a ready state.
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